Traction Boards Hardware, Wiring and Countertop

I am working around the kitchen area of the van, to finish the countertop, pull a remaining wire behind the fridge to the battery compartment below it, add some Formica strips to finish the fridge cabinet and to install the traction board hardware. Previously I had temporarily installed the half-finished cover of the induction cooktop,…...

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Desk Seat Cushion

This week I’m finishing up my desk seat, by adding a cushion. The seat can be used as part of a lounge chair, in combination with the rear-facing passenger seat, but it’s primary use is at the fold-down desk, that will be attached to the Murphy bed. I chose a 4-inch, high-density foam core as…...

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Mobile Router Table 2

The foldable router table is taking shape and will play its part in my life on the road. I continue to assemble the box by adding supports for the hinged router plate. The top of the box consists of two 1/2 inch plywood panels. Build I finish the wings, while the glue-up is drying. More…...

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Mobile Router Table

To take one of my hobbies on the road, I need to build a mobile router table, that folds up small and fits into a small cabinet. Build The design first has to be adjusted to the storage area and some hardware needs to be ordered. Only then can I start with the build by…...

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Safety & Rescue Gadgets

After working some more on the kitchen countertop, I sit down and show some of the safety and rescue items that should be part of any Vanlife experience. Especially, when you head out to boondock or while off-road driving. Kitchen Countertop The movable part of the countertop, that hides the induction cooktop, returns to the…...

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Kitchen Countertop

It’s time to finish the kitchen area of the van and that also means a new hardwood countertop! As always, I start rough-sawn hardwood and I chose Mahogany again, to stay consistent with the other countertop at the sliding door. It’s easy to work with and has usually an attractive pattern. I had one piece…...

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Induction Cooktop

I continue working to finish the ceiling in small increments; this time above the wardrobe closet. The main focus this week is on the installation of the induction cooktop. The storage for this cooktop is under the kitchen countertop, where I have a tray to store it in and some more storage space under that.…...

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My First @Vanlife Vlog

This is my first travel vlog, just local for now, but it gave me the opportunity to test some things out, like camera positions while driving, video transitions, music and location info. Soon I will travel in my still unfinished van, for a week, to North-West Florida and hope to bring home enough video material…...

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Hiding The Wires

Building a box to hide the wiring above the rear doors. Covered with some of the leftover Tweed from the ceiling. As a bonus, I include a hidden box to stash my valuables. To hide the existing wires above the rear doors, I build a cover out of 3/32 inch plywood. To give this plywood…...

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Van Ceiling & Other Mods

I install a cabin filter in my 2016 Ford Transit, create a semi-automatic tire inflator, add a combined smoke & CO2 alarm and add more strips along the edge of the ceiling to secure and finish the ceiling. The main objective now to finish the ceiling throughout by placing Tweed covered strips along the sides…...

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